5 Must-Read books for students in 2019

The image above has a chapter titled “life is a journey”, and books help us to navigate through the various ridges, and hills of  life. Reading is the best kind of refreshment that you need from your hectic study schedule, and what best time can there be to start a new hobby, then the beginning of the new year. So, to help you with your reading list, here are 5 Must-Read books for students in 2019.

The Entrepreneurial State: Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana challenges a widely held myth that holds government as an impediment to innovation.

Through fascinating examples from history, author argues how the state its position as a lead innovator in bringing out path-breaking technologies such as the internet, GPS and the touch screen all of which make an iPhone for what it is. 

Apple rightfully gets the credit for building an innovative product, but the government rarely gets any recognition. This book seeks to correct that bias.

It is an essential read for those who see government expenditure on risky technologies as a zero sum game in conflict with social welfare.

If you believe India shouldn’t send space missions to Mars because we are a poor country, this book makes you rethink.

“Arguably, there is not a single key technology behind the iPhone that has not been State-funded.”

The Better Angels of Our Nature : Steven Pinker

Most of us had this intuition that the most violent period in human history must be the 20th century that saw unimaginable human suffering in two brutal world wars. Turns out we’re wrong.

Our ancestors lived amidst incomparable violence, barbarism, and bloodshed. As a percentage of population, the number of deaths in all of 20th century are fewer compared to previous eras.

What accounts for this steady decline in violence and what can we learn from it?

This 800-page opus from Steven Pinker narrates the history of violence in humanity.

Starting with hunter-gatherers to modern societies, through extensive data in page after page, Pinker forwards one core argument: There is a continuous decline in violence and this is not a coincidence.

Delving deep into human nature and combining research from genetics, criminology and psychology Pinker puts forth his thesis on what drives us to be violent, what caused its decline, why we turned empathetic over time, and how do we make our peace enduring. The book is a long read, but an essential one.

“As one becomes aware of the decline of violence, the world begins to look different. The past seems less innocent; the present less sinister.”

Billionaire Raj : James Crabtree

India witnessed searing growth rates during the mid-2000s, thanks to low interest rates, a generous inflow of foreign capital and huge private investment. 

Crabtree argues that this period also led to a rapid rise of a billionaire class, concentrating wealth and entrenching corporate power.

When the 2G and Coal scam unravelled, it was evident that some of this corporate wealth was built not because they added true value to the economy, but because some crony capitalists could bend the rules and strike dodgy deals. 

Crabtree writes eloquently on the rise of such crony capitalists, and their link to political corruption.

The book made me think that perhaps it’s the illegitimate funding that drives much of the political corruption and criminalisation. State funding of elections is an option we should seriously consider.

Crabtree’s writing is brilliant as he weaves interesting anecdotes seamlessly into the larger narrative. Especially the chapter on Ambani and his residence Antilia is incredibly fascinating.

“Measured relative to gross domestic product, India came second only to Russia for the proportion of national wealth held by its very richest people.”

Deep Work : Cal Newport

None of us can stand in a queue for 10 seconds without pulling out our phones from pockets. 

When we speak to the person in front of us, our peripheral vision is always on our mobiles, ruminating at the back of our mind about a random instagram notification.

In this book, Cal Newport argues that in such an ever-distracted world drowning in irrelevant information, what is becoming increasingly rare is deep work: the ability to focus on a mentally demanding task for a sustained period of time. Deep work’s benefits in a knowledge economy is priceless.

The best thing about the author is that he doesn’t preach cliches, but meticulously teaches concrete strategies to make deep work as part of our daily routine.

 Irrespective of our professions, I believe ability to work with focus is an important meta skill we can cultivate to improve our productivity and creativity.

Emperor of All Maladies : Siddhartha Mukherjee

Humans have long dreamt of conquering cancer, often declaring victory, only to see the disease rise again in more virulent forms. 

It’s only with recent advances in genetics and immunotherapy that we are coming to grips with its complexity. Siddhartha Mukherjee brilliantly documents this long journey of cancer from being a disease that perplexed humans to now, where we have a measure of control over it.

I love when experts in a specific field explain complex topics in simple words, shorn of jargon, in a way accessible to the general public. Mukherjee does this job remarkably well. His writing is lucid, precise and punctuated with many moving, and harrowing real life stories.

Books like these kill my hunger for fiction. You get to savour great writing, and reap knowledge— both at once.

“If we seek immortality, then so, too, in a rather perverse sense, does the cancer cell.”

Start with any of the above… but since you must have made a new year’s resolution, go for “Deep Work” by Carl Newport. 

Share you thoughts about this list in the comment section below…

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College Education : Crafting and Winning as Undergrads

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my Education.” 

The above captivating excerpt by Mark Twain perfectly enchants about the state of affairs of the current education frameworks of the tech-savvy world engulfing the PARADOX within itself.

Wasn’t Education as a concept introduced to you as a Rat Race? Let me simplify it for you, Just let your memory run through the old and monopolistic phase of your life, i.e, your 10th Grade , which ironically was claimed to be the most crucial episode of your life .

Now lets come into that blurred and obscure snap when you were confronting with your 10th grade result.

 

 

  •  If you get above 85% – Here, you would fall into level 1. You would be made to pick Science because 85% means you have a lot of POTENTIAL (which is completely lacking in others,maybe).
  • If your scores are between 60%-85% – You are into level 2. All hope is not lost yet, here, you are allowed to take up Commerce.
  • If you score below 60% : This is the level where they will let you follow your DREAMS , because you have crushed everyone else’s hopes, so no room for expectations. 
Now, there are only rooms for your Improvisations , feeding solely on your Digital Visions and Analogous Approach !

Millions of Students go through each and every single day because our education system prioritizes GRADES over actual Learning. 

Grading Gamble !

Are there only four to five disciplines which would corroborate your area of interest as well as your profession? Is it goes like, either you will be an Engineer,Doctor, Lawyer or just another DISAPPOINTMENT ?

NO, Surely Not. The Papers only says ,”Marking is a Judgement, Not a Measurement“. A study by THE HINDU , suggests that Undergraduates awarded low scores for their work may receive top marks if they are graded by another academic frontier.

Instead of a Doctor OR an engineer.....

Youngsters today are looking at pushing the career envelope to teach Yoga, do Cat Doodles or volunteer with an NGO.

Whether it is buying a cup of coffee or choosing career options or college options for higher studies, opportunities and choices have increased to the point where decision making occupies much of our time.Undoubtedly, Indians have known to gravitate towards the more lucrative and “Safer” fields such as ENGINEERING And MEDICINE.

With the increasing variety in courses and certification programs in umpteen different subjects, Now students are able to discover different paths to realize their careers. There are many Gateways to your Dreams, It just that you have to know about it and pursue it.

One more Entrance to your Hope!

Although the freedom of Choice seems limitless, the decision ultimately comes down to choosing between science , Arts and Commerce. When confronted with the prospects of choosing careers , How many students are equipped to make an informed Decision?

There are innumerable examinations and courses which you can opt for being an undergraduate or a post-Graduate. These Examinations may roll you to the place which could belong just beside your Aspirations!.

So, lets begin with the 10 Unusual Courses You Did not know Existed :

If you Graduate with a clear specialization that matches your Personality, priorities and Personal Goals , then you are the right individual to discover some of the less-trodden academic pathways.

Did you know that you can get a degree in Pet grooming or Puppetry?Or that you could earn a whooping amount by tasting TEA? Or that hacking pays? So before proceeding further with your current scenario, have a look at these options :

1.Bachelor of Rural Studies -If your heart lies in the Indian Villages! The course gives you an opportunity to engage in various rural and community development activities.It covers the topics like animal husbandry,forestry,farm management,agriculture,etc. After completing the course , you can apply for jobs at various government, public and private organisations that work for rural issues.

How to apply?

Some colleges in Gujarat , Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh offer the course . Bhavnagar University in Gujarat offers Bachelor and Masters in Rural Studies.

3.Puppetry

One of the oldest form of entertainment , puppetry is much more than just playing with people.Over a period of time , this art, which was in danger of getting lost , is again gaining recognition and appreciation.

Where to apply?

Mumbai University offers a Certificate Course in Puppetry.The course is conducted by renowned theatre personality and puppeteer, Meena Naik .Calcutta Puppet theatre will soon start a puppet academy which will cover all theoretical and practical aspects of the art.

2.Ethical Hacking – It is for all those who hack friends’ social networking accounts for ‘Fun’, for those who are good at cracking passwords and unlocking a locked system, those who spend a majority of time experimenting with various codes.

Many big companies look for ethical Hackers for various security purposes. The average Salary ranges between rs 2-5 lacs for a fresher and after an experience of five to six years , you can easily command a salary of s 10-12 lacs annually, depending on your skills.

Where to Apply?

Institutes like Indian School of Ethical Hacking and Institute of Information Security offer various courses in Ethical Hacking. There is a short course of 15 days offered by ARIZONA Infotech in Pune.

Now, talking on a more academic front, there are various examinations that are held at different phases of the year that accounts for an extended credibility for the students. You can apply in these examinations anytime you fl prepared as per the deadlines by these institutions.

1. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad-                                                                                        Lateral Entry Admissions to Dual Degree Programmes –>This is a specialized mode of Admission for students who will successfully complete first two years of their B.E/B.Tech study in any Engineering College and have a strong desire to work on Research Programs.

Admissions are restricted to 

a.Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering by Research.

b.Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering and Master of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering by Research.

Admission is based on performance in an Entrance Examination(Computer based test) and an Interview.Applicant should have an aggregate of 80% marks(or 8/10 cumulative grade point average )at the end of their 3rd Semester.)It can be applied in the link as provided in the IIIT ,Hyderabad college site.

There are many other technical education options in India like the above institution and it is known as B.Tech Lateral Entry(L.E).

Education Qualifications Required for B.Tech Lateral Entry : If you are planning to apply for B.Tech LE ,then you must have successfully completed a 3 year diploma in Engineering.Most of the Engineering colleges in India require a 60%aggregate in 3-year Diploma after class 10 board or after your class 12 board examinations.

Some Deemed universities and Autonomous Institutes might conduct their own entrance examinations.

The list of the colleges which offer you this dual degree course are:

1. Calicut University Lateral Entry Entrance Exams.

2.Delhi Technical University Lateral Entry Entrance Examination.

3.Kerala University Lateral Entry Exam.

4.Lateral Entry entrance Test (LEET).

5.West Bengal University Joint Entrance Exam for Lateral Entry.(JELET) 

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Now dragging the curtains towards the periphery of this communicative and Elucidative facet of the Education system with the various possibilities it accommodates .There are scores of other carer options to choose from,which is not only limited to the above highlights.Strive for the best and it would not be scary at all, if you tke calculated risks and move forward in life as is traced from the mesmerizing threads of words said by H.Jackson Brown Jr. , quoting

 “Don’t say you don’t have enough time.You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller,Pasteur,Michelangelo,Mother Teresa,Leonardo Da Vinci,Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”

As THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION IS TO TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS !

Lets take the Scenic Route to Success, following a fearless journey!

HAPPY LEARNING….

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Top 3 Easy Memory Tricks every student must know

Every now and then, all of us come across some exam or the other. We put a lot of efforts by organizing notes, understanding concepts, making charts and tables, memorizing definitions and what not.

Yet, during exams we are unable to recall important stuffs, and mostly due to fear of loosing marks we tend to leave those questions unanswered, and hence end up performing poorly.

Especially in college, where most of us are left with very little time to prepare, and a hell lot to study, for our respective semester exams because of internships, projects, competitions or sometimes because of that all important episode of GAME OF THRONES!!!

So, to help you sail through these turbulent  waves of forgetting things, Here are Top 3 Easy Memory Tricks every student must know to significantly boost their memory power

The Memory Palace Technique

Yes, the one used by Our super nerd Sherlock Holmes.

This is also called the Method of Loci. A ‘Memory Palace’ is a metaphor for any well-known place that you’re able to easily visualize.

It can be the inside of your home, or maybe the route you take every day to work. That familiar place will be your guide to store and recall any kind of information.

Memory Palace technique works with the use of visual associations. The process is simple: you take a known image — called the memory peg — and combine with the element you want to memorize. For us, each memory peg is a distinctive feature of our Memory Palace.

If you are wondering how to use this technique, refer to this website for demonstration.

The Multiple Revision Technique

If you are learning a new topic, don’t try to learn everything in one go. Go in 2-3 rounds.

In the first round, glance through the headings, words in bold, sidenotes, introduction, and summary. Underline what you think as important. This would help you get a basic idea and interest in the topic you are about to learn.

In the 2nd round, read the entire article in full. Create notes on the important concepts or ideas discussed.

In the 3rd round, revise the text again – focussing on your notes, headings of the chapter, summary, and any questions given at the end of the chapter.

The Image Technique

Chinese philosopher and reformer Confucius (551 BC to 479 BC), stated

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

We as humans have a very strong photogenic memory. i.e. our brain is able to retain over a longer period of time if we are able to visualize things. Images are the simplest and the most effective way to make sure that the information gets stored as a long-term memory.

Our short term memory processes words and can only retain about seven bits of information. Whereas, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, where they get indelibly etched.

Draw diagrams. Make charts, maps, and cartoons. Use them to connect facts and illustrate relationships.

Well if you are not yet overwhelmed, we have some more memory tricks to helps you... Keep reading

The Extra Mile Technique

Overlearn. Just don’t focus only on exams. Students often stop studying when they think they know the material well enough to pass the test. However, don’t just stop there.

Of course, you need to think from the exam perspective. But more importantly, you need to think from the memory-perspective!

Unless you have a mastery on a subject, there is every chance that you get confused about it in future, resulting in loss of the information from the memory.

If carefully managed, a new activity can boost memory and previous learning. For example, a debate between you and your classmate about the points discussed by your lecturer in the class. This will boost memory.

Once you finished learning, go beyond thinking about it. Do something with what you learned. This will improve memory.

The Man of Steel Technique

People who think history is boring tend to have difficulty remembering history.

People who believe math is difficult tend to have difficulty recalling mathematical formulas. Notice these attitudes in you and be aware of them. It might be blocking your memory power.

We remember what we find interesting. If you think a subject is boring, remember,
that everything is related to everything else. Look for connections.

The negative self-talk like “I never remember anything, I’ve always had a poor memory” will further diminish your memory power.

Adopt an attitude that says, “I never forget anything. All I have to do is find where I stored it.”

Most importantly, remember to congratulate yourself when you remember.

The Debating Technique

Debate provides experiences that are conducive to life-changing, cognitive, and presentational skills.

In addition, through debate debaters acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any other setting.

Take part in debates. Though most debates are formal discussions on a particular matter in a public, you can take part in private debates with your friends or colleagues as well.

Logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are elements in debating.

The degree of learning and retention from a debate is very high.

Try using these memory techniques and you’ll see that your cognitive abilities will increase 10X times.

Did we miss out on any techniques which you think should be a part of this list?

Do let us know in the comment section below…

 

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Top 15 Best And Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

2018 was the ultimate thrill ride with some really great adrenaline pumping movies which captivated movie goers. With the hope that the coming year would raise the bar, and take us to the next level of cinematic experience. Here is the list of movies everybody is ready to watch in 2019.

1. Avengers : Endgame

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

2. Star Wars : Episode IX

Star Wars: Episode IX is an upcoming American space opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth and final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga, following The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

3. The Lion King

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

4. Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

5. Shazam

Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers soon get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

6. The Lego Movie 2 : The Second Part

The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.

7. Spiderman : Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

8. John Wick : Parabellum

Legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins.

10. Joker

The Joker is a fictional character who appears in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. Based upon the DC Comics character of the same name, he was played by Australian actor Heath Ledger.

Jack Nicholson (left), Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix

11. Aladdin

Aladdin is an upcoming American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August and Vanessa Taylor, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

12. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

13. Godzilla : King of the Monsters

Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

14. Dark Phoenix

The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.

15. Hellboy

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

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5 Must visit places near Delhi

The city of Delhi is amicably positioned at almost the heart of this enormous nation called India. Delhi’s location is such, that many popular and offbeat holiday destinations are in its close vicinity.

Be it the ancient forts and temples, snowy hill stations, or the wilderness, these beautiful destinations are all the more alluring.

We have put together a list of 5 must visit places near Delhi in winter that should definitely find place in your holiday plans.

So call you friends, pack your bags, get set and go….

Wilayat Mahal : Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi

Let’s begin from our lovely city itself. If you want some adrenaline to kick in this winter, then Wilayat Mahal is the place for you and your friends.

Located in the woods of Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi, lies the Wilayat Mahal, or erstwhile Malcha Mahal. Legend has it, that this place once belonged to the the last of one of the royal families of Oudh. 

The ruler at the time, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, was portrayed as dissolute, and so extravagant that he was spending his 250-year-old kingdom into bankruptcy and chaos.

After the annexation, the nawab was exiled to Calcutta and died there three decades later. The other members of his extensive family dispersed across the country as well which was how Ali Raza, the prince who liked to call himself Cyrus, finally came to live in the ruined Malcha Mahal palace in Delhi.

Begum Wilayat Mahal of Awadh, the Begum of Oudh and the great granddaughter of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was given the palace by the Government of India in May 1985.

This was done as compensation since these lands were seized from the Nawab by the British more than a century ago. 

No one knows exactly when the reclusive Raza, who was 58, met his end. His body was found on September 2 by a group of staff from a nearby earth station, which transmits signals to satellites put into orbit by India’s space agency.

The earth station stands next to Malcha Mahal within the Ridge, a long belt of forested land.

Home of Dalai Lama : McLeodganj

McLeod Ganj is in Dharamshala,  in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans.

The village is named after Lord David McLeod, the English lieutenant governor of Punjab, who founded it in 1848 as a retreat from the heat of the plains. The suffix Ganj is a common Hindi word for neighbourhood.

The serene, peaceful and beautiful surroundings of Mc Leod Ganj can soothe your mind and make you forget all your tension. Lodges and restaurants here are not too expensive, thus it isn’t a costly affair to take a trip to this historic city.
McLeodganj is famous for its culture, crafts, etc. 

The shopping experience in McLeodganj is worth remembering, provided you know how to bargain and purchase the local items of the place such as Tibetan mats and carpets.The area is also famous for its jewelry. Handmade paintings are a hit there, are beautifully made and a perfect gift to give someone.

Nearest Railway station : Kangra Mandir                          Nearest Airport : Kangra

Distance from Delhi    :   483 KM

Mukteshwar : Uttarakhand

Mukteshwar is a pleasing destination situated at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state.

 Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose residing deity is Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Temple stands offers astonishing and marvellous views of the imposing Himalayan range.

Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. Perched atop a hill in a remote corner of Kumaon hills, Mukteshwar is bounded by fruit orchards and coniferous forests.

The important places to check out here are the Mukteshwar Dham, Methodist Church, Renewable Park and the sunset point.

Nearest railway station : Kathgodam                                       Nearest Airport : Pant Nagar 

Distance from Delhi : 330 kilometers

Shoja Valley : Himachal Pradesh

Just off the Kullu highway and a part of the Great Himalayan National Park, Shoja is a beautiful offbeat destination. It is a stunning place full of natural beauty and apple orchards.

Shoja is a 480 kilometres drive from Delhi and provides a couple of sightseeing options such as Serolsar Lake and Raghupur Fort.

The Waterfall Point is one of the popular destinations in Shoja that can be reached by 1 km walk from Shoja. The trek to Raghupur Fort is short but little difficult trail.

The only accommodation option in Shoja is the Banjara Retreats property. It has well kept ten double rooms and two family suites. The more adventurous can seek out the Forest Rest House or the PWD Rest House nearby.

The best time to visit Shoja is during May and June. Shoja can be reached by vehicles from Kullu or public buses plying to Jalori Pass.

Nearest railway station : Shimla                                Distance from Delhi : 483 kilometers

Kasauli

A photographer’s paradise, Kasauli is one of the best places to visit near Delhi in December within 300 kilometers and is a sight to behold.

 Dotted with houses from the colonial era, the town has a lot in store for everybody, even the whiskey lovers with its famous Kasauli brewery.

Kasauli is blessed with natural splendor and the pleasant weather, beautiful terrain and comfortable hilly track makes a perfect opportunity to trek Cherishing the local attractions one can have a pleasant time from dawn to dusk trekking in the hilly terrain.

A good tracksuit and shoes and you are all set to explore Kasauli.

Nearest railway station : Sonwara, Himachal Pradesh                            Nearest Airport : Chandigarh Airport

Distance from Delhi : 293 kilometers

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Tips to Stay Awake for Exams

The end semester exams are just a week away, and you haven’t yet started your preparations.

You were busy finishing that all important project, managing college fest activity or perhaps were too caught up with that abroad internship, and were striving hard to earn your stipend or probably you were to busy finishing the last season of Game of Thrones!!!

Now, since you are planning to curtail some sleep, and stay awake and study, 

Here are some scientifically proven tips to stay awake for exams

Though this habit is not sustainable in long run, as it can cause brain-crash after a week or two, but since you don’t have many options, you can give these tips, a shot.

Visualization

Can you imagine this state when you are in the exam hall, holding your answer script in one hand and the question script in the other, and are unable to answer even those questions that would help you to get a passing grade?

Yes!!! it is damn scary to even think of that, and also this will certainly stop you from dozing off. This would put your mind in hyper-active mode and hence prevent you from falling asleep.

And moreover you can always console yourself over the fact that it is a matter of just one night, and you can always catch some sleep after you are done securing the passing grade.

So just think of the perils of sleeping right when you need to study can be really grave and you might end up faring really really bad in your tests!

Food Intake

Abstain from consuming food rich in simple carbohydrates.

The prime source being sugar. It can be glucose, honey, carbonated drinks or any other food with sugar in high proportion, should not be consumed if you are planning to stay awake the whole night.

The reason being, though such foods charge up your senses and brain instantaneously, but after a very short period of brain hyperactivity, you will start to feel miserable and sad, and since you are already running behind the schedule, getting depressed is certainly not an option.

So try to eat only complex carbohydrates, i.e. food that is the normal food you take in dinner, just make sure that it is free from sugar.

You can also supplement your late night dinner with protein rich foods such as eggs, sprouts, low-fat cheese and so on, since your brain need extra fueling as you will be sleep deprived. If you are someone who like to eart a lot of fruits then you can also consume apples.

Careful division of work

Make a list of topics or lessons that are important to study because it’s almost impossible to cover entire course in one night. Keep this list in front of you entire night.

Start with topics that are essential, you can enjoy and easy to understand for you this is how you can keep yourself inspired the whole night. Leaving the less relevant topics for later is advisable.

It is essential that you keep rotating topics of studies throughout the night. This way monotony will not take over and you will be able to study more and more throughout the night. You can find more ways that work best for you to keep your interest in studies.

Writing down important points will help in learning and understand them better and fast. This is why you should always keep a notebook and a pen ready.

Headings and their sub-headings are most important points, so never miss them. You can also create a table of special terms or difficult words and a short note (of 3-6 words) before each of them.

Take beverages in Moderation

Caffeine is considered to be a neuro-stimulant. Take caffeine on regular intervals to recharge and refresh your senses.

You can take 4-5 cups of it in one night to contain your sleep, but make sure to refrain from this habit within 4-5 days or at most a week, as excessive consumption can serious health issues in the near future.

You can also supplement your caffeine intake with diet red-bull as it can help you to contain your sleep. But, just make sure that you take at most 2 cans of red-bull.

Moderation is the key when consuming beverages to contain sleep. You can either take 4 cups of coffee or 2 cans of energy-drink. Taking both these beverages in one night can lead to serious bowel problems and dizziness the next morning, which would ultimately hamper your exam performance.

You can also go for other beverages that help to refresh. Just make sure whatever you are consuming is sugar-free, and in moderation.

Also, if possible try to avoid dairy products during this time.

Take frequent breaks

Short Breaks of about 5-10 minutes after every hour or so will not only keep you awake, but also give your mind a refresh.

In this break, you can try pacing across the room, splashing your face with water and stretching exercises. This will help in rejuvenating your mind and body, helping you to focus better. 

All in all, you need to be prepared well, so that your ‘all-night study routine’ can be a success.

As a safety note, you should avoid driving the following day as there is no trick that can keep a sleep-deprived person awake while driving. Consider a ride with a friend or take public transportation. GOOD LUCK, Students!

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Tips for Students : The Night before ,and the day of, an exam

During college, there often comes up situations where we have just one day left for our very important exam ,and despite our infinite revisions we are little edgy. 

Most of us prefer to give up that last bit of revision either because we are over-confident or we are suffer from a cognitive overload, and we begin to forget things that we felt we were so good at. Then finally on the day of exam our guilt conscious begin to kick in and we are left gasping at straws.

   

Well get ready to escape form all of that; here are some really tried tested and proven life-hacks which would not just assist you to overcome pre-exams anxiety but also help you succeed and send you into that exam ready to win.

1. Before-bed revision

The few minutes before you switch off the light is a fantastic time for memorisation.

Learning before sleep significantly improves memory retention – so when you’re tucked up in bed, have a quick read through of the most important facts, equations or vocabulary. Then switch off.

Revising before bed can actually help you in memory consolidation! According to scientists at the Saarland University in Germany, a quick revision of things before nap can improve the memory five-fold.

A good night’s sleep helps your brain process information, and retains it in your subconscious memory.

2. Have a good meal

Did you know that what you eat and drink can affect your exam performance?

A long exam is like a mental marathon in which endurance is critical. The wrong choices of food can make you feel sluggish, jittery, or burned out.

Make a special effort to cook yourself a decent meal. Make sure to eat even if you normally skip breakfast or avoid eating when you are nervous, you should still make the time to eat something.

Healthy food choices on exam day include eggs, nuts, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Good breakfast combinations might be whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk, eggs and toast with jam, porridge, or oatmeal.

A good meal will make you feel happy and give you a boost ready for the next day.

3. Unwind and rejuvenate yourself

A healthy doing during break time will help you to study again and during exams, you will concentrate thinking about the next break you can have.

So, studies and break before exam is a cyclical process that should be utilized to the fullest.

Watching comedy and humorous stuff, or listening music during these extremely stressed moments can help you recharge you senses.

Take out at least half an hour to watch your favorite web series or surf the Internet for fun or listen to your favorite music or just laze around. Getting bogged down with too much stress can ruin your positive energies so take that short break and don’t feel guilty about it.

Laughing will relax you, lower stress and help you get a good night’s sleep. 

So better netflix and chill!!!

4. Use the space

When in the exam room, sit comfortably and spread out.

It’s proven that when we physically make ourselves larger, by spreading our arms or leaning back on the chair, this releases a type of hormone which makes you more confident.

It’s natural to have a glance around the room to see how others are getting on, but this only wastes time and, in some cases, can make you feel more anxious. The person next to you may be writing at a terrific speed and asking for extra paper, but that doesn’t mean their answer is necessarily correct. Try to just focus on your own work. 

5. Follow what works for you

We all are a little superstitious, and it’s not a bad thing to be a little nervous and behave a little irrationally before the D-day, given the fact that the enormous amount of hardwork that goes into preparing for exams. 

Finally, everyone is different. Some people like to be on their own around exams, others blare motivational music from their earphones. Maybe you’re someone who likes to wear their shiniest pair of high heels for luck. Do whatever puts you in the best frame of mind and you’ll be set up perfectly to ace the exam.

Just make sure you don’t over do things.

Believe in your hardwork, and give your best shot.

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Class Connect : Now a part of NASSCOM 10000 startups

Kudos!! And a big pat on the back for Class Connect (Bunad Technologies Services Pvt. Ltd.) on getting designated for the incubation programme at NASSCOM 10,000 Startups warehouse in Noida Sector-126.

We would like to express our warmest gratitude to Dr.Sunil k Shekhawat, Mr. Abhay VaishMr. Rajnish Kapur and Mr. Nikhil Sharma, for believing in the idea of Class Connect and showing tremendous support towards our vision of becoming a true facilitator of managing and synchronizing academic and co-curricular activities via the use of technology. And helping students to live a productive life rather than a persistently obligated one.

Class Connect is a college utility application software, currently available on Android and iOS platform that facilitates basic, daily college-related issues such as class-notes management, daily schedules, managing and advertising college events. It also helps students to connect with other, fellow college-mates.

There are numerous features which let the student have and easy-sail and negotiate while in daily college life conundrum.

Like its interactive UI lets, its users identify the status of classes for the whole week or students will get instant notification if any class is cancelled or rescheduled.

They say that

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the greatest poverty”

It has been noticed in colleges and academic institutions that many students feel redundant, having frittered their time and due to their inability to connect with the right set of people. Though there are various social media platforms available to cater to such problems yet, they have their own limitations. And there aren’t such dedicated platforms to figure out and connect with people from the same academic institutions, based on shared skills and interests. People, with whom students can discuss and form groups, learn and exchange ideas, spend their free time doing while indulging in rejuvenating, and productive activities.

We at Class Connect sincerely understand that community building and learning in groups is paramount as far as overall development of an individual during academic life goes.

Therefore, using Class Connect application, students can locate and find fellow college-mates based on shared interests, and shared skill sets. Learn together and build their own community. All of this at the tip of their figures. Who knows, perhaps using Class Connect, students might end-up create their own music band, coding group or enterprise, by the time they complete their college.

NASSCOM 10,000 Startups; In 2013, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) started its ‘10,000 Startups’ initiative, to aid the growth of 10,000 startups in the country over the next 10 years. The objective is to foster the ecosystem, build entrepreneurial capabilities, and drive significant value and change in the tech startup ecosystem.

What started as a dream has now turned into a nurturing womb for highly aspiring and innovative enterprises which seek to revamp the very way in which we live our lives. In recent years NASSCOM 10,000 has become a launch pad for some unprecedented enterprises and startups which seek to imbibe, foster, and cultivate the habit of becoming mega-doers of modern India.

Class Connect has been a part of this monumental initiative since September 2018, and we are highly grateful to the NASSCOM 10,000 Startups team for letting us be a part of such a thriving ecosystem.

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LEARN , EARN AND GROW: Budding Interns in Demand

“The very first thing I tell every intern on the first day is that their Internship exists solely on their resume.For all the negative stereotypes about millenials , you would be astounded by how hard they work when they believe their contribution matters.”

The above quotation by Jay Samit , a Serial Entrepreneur, stands as a mute testimony towards the fact that the only way to trace down the lines of success is to analyse and learn as an intern in what your highest priorities are, complementing procaffenated decisions towards the same.

Starting a journey from a school graduate to a degree holder in particular specialisations in various arenas of study and research, we come across countless situations and also, undoubtedly , invent the ways to tackle them BUT meanwhile,

Have we ever given a second sight towards our own interests and persuasions apart from RACING THE RUN of just a given set of course?

Have you ever been planted by a thought saying,”Why are you different from others except your appearance?’ OR for instance, what will be your answer to an Interviewer to his question stating,”Why you should be recruited to our Company, what makes you more skillful and resourceful than others?”

Now,dragging your pens down from a monotonous and conventional ruminations of your career , let us see where the WORLD is heading now and to what extent the powers of comprehensions improvise to your life…

Grades do not measure your intelligence or the qualities within you completely, just as age does not define maturity. In this magnanimous era of competitive markets, we all sell our minds and our skills. Research shows that

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  • 6% of the recruiters look for multitasking skills; 31% look for initiative ; 31% look for creative thinking and the rest 12% focus on the to be commercials: gray cells of the extraordinary candidates.
  • On average, the number of people who apply for any given job is 118, only 20% of these applicants get an interview.

Clearly, these numbers portrays a crystallised facet of the economic world that would shape and sketch your career all the way from raw and fresh skills to the required sophisticated and professional skills to meet the challenges in this era. It is only one way down, if we connect the dots of this canvas joining- skills, organising factor,creativity,innovation,professional experience and the much needed confidence , it sums up the ladder with the destination as INTERNSHIP which can give you a far better head start than any other track to escort this combative globe.

INTERNSHIPS AS INVESTMENTS !

Skills and work experience is what gives you that competitive Edge over others be it in the area of Technical skills, Soft skills or Content Developer skills, it is these assets which counts and make a huge difference in the selection process by the most trivial delicacies weaving your efforts. Here are just a few reasons why internships are investments in your future:

                

  1. Real world Experience and Professional Exposure- Joining the company as an intern gives you the opportunity to work hands in a professional environment .Think of it like this – Internships are a way to drive possible jobs and explore different career options.
  2. Networking – Internships often give the opportunity to attend meetings or discussions and events. By interacting with professionals, you gain new connections and learn to communicate the correct within the correct contexts. Networking helps acquire references and so find new job opportunities by even providing a professional mentor as well.
  3. Discover the entrepreneur in you -Internships helps in figuring out your mindset towards industries as to be an employee or you would start as a young entrepreneur in an industry of your choice. It glorifies and identifies your strengths and visions towards your goal in career.
  4. Resume Builder – As a college student, we all know the importance of a strong resume in order to claim a position accordingly. Employers give much more preference to someone with internships and work experience together rather than someone with a generic resume , lacking experience to work.
  5. Career Foundation- It provides as the building blocks you need for your future. As an intern , you have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company as employers often use internships as a recruitment tool to test out future employees which in return is a potential weapon.

                    

6.Time Management- Going through any of the Internships of your choice , you will become a master of time management. while working in a fast paced professional environment, you will gradually learn that every minute counts , so it forms a vital part of your white-collared life.

7.Hype in earning- As recruiters want to see experience in the new college grads they hire, so there may be a hype in your earnings as well owing to internships

8.Develops Skills galore

WHAT CAN BE THE BEST TIME TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS ?

It would be a cherry on a cake if you apply as early as your freshman year of college. Most of the colleges do not award the credit after the fact if you have not registered in advance for the Internship experience. Subsequently, by my own experience , monthwise ,May to November is a good time to start reaching out to employers for a spring Internship.Also, local slots for unpaid Government organised Internships are often filled on a first-come,first served basis.Continuing the same , competitive paid Summer Internships will have deadlines as early as the late fall.The most favorable period being January to March.

You can also go for EKS programs which hire you on the basis of EXPERIENCE , KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. There are many current job openings for college and entry -level professionals. These generally offer internships in the field of :

                   

  • Audit as an Audit Intern, Consulting as a Consulting Intern -Accounting Solutions or as a Consulting Intern- Transaction Services.
  • Summer Leadership Program (SLP) as a Summer Leadership Program
  • In the field of Taxation as a Tax intern.

WHAT ARE THE ONLINE THREADS TO SPIN YOUR INTERNSHIP INTERESTS :

There are a number of online portals and startups which offers Internships on every field in which you want your foot into, namely

  • Frapp
  • Internshala
  • Awign
  • LetsIntern
  • Wizbii
  • STRABAG Intern
  • SKADA Summer internship
  • Infinite Intern
  • Internships Jobs , to name a few.

                 

Ending this panoramic view of the sensexed globe with your career contemplations ,a very popular quotation finds its place apt in today’s satirical but reckoned career markets by BILL GATES,”I failed my exam in some subjects.But my friend passed. Now , he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the OWNER.”

So, friends buck up your shoes and extemporise your career fearlessly Justifying your Road not Taken….because at the end of the day, we write our own destiny!

Internships at Class Connect

At Class Connect, we believe that our team is our biggest strength and we take pride in hiring ONLY the best and the brightest. We genuinely believe that our interns play a very significant role in the overall success of the venture and wish that they have a enjoyable, learning packed and truly meaningful experience with us.

We have various interns positions open. Feel free to drop in your application if you willing to learn and enhance your skills commuciation skills, designing skills and marketing skills and create something extravagant for college students.

Links to all open internships are given below.

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LIBERATING : Section 377

What seemed like an eternal battle between believers and non-believers, a battle of unprecedented demands, and a struggle for freedom to express desired sexual orientation has finally run its course. As the honorable Supreme Court of India has decriminalized same-sex marriage, in short section 377 of the Indian Penal Code has been repealed. 

While the self-confessed, proactive Great Indian Prime time media brigade gears up to debate and discuss [SHOUT] tonight, and sets the language of political discourse for this historic judgment, in the hindsight, we believe that this is a matter of subjective-righteousness entirely.

And Yes!!!! The Indian Government did just score some brownie points with this judgment heading into the 2019 General Elections.

But anyways you knew this was imminent. So let’s digress and rather dig deep into the history to know what actually the whole ruckus all about. Oh Wait!! you don’t wanna know. Well, watch this video below, as it will blow your head off…. and perhaps develop a curiosity about Section 377 and its history.

We hope it did blow your mind. So, without wasting any further time, let’s dive in….  

The Buggery Act of 1533 & section 377

Thomas Macaulay

The controversial Section 377 is a 158-year-old colonial law on consensual gay sex which was introduced way back in 1861.

It was modelled on a 16th-century British law called the Buggery Act of 1533, which was the first such civil law that criminalised certain kinds of sexual intercourse.

This law defined ‘buggery’ as an unnatural sexual act against the will of God and man. Thus, this criminalised anal penetration, bestiality and in a broader sense of homosexuality.

The draft was prepared by Thomas Macaulay around 1838 but was only brought into effect in 1860 after the Sepoy Mutiny (First War of Independence) 1857. The Buggery Act 1533  was enacted under the reign of King Henry VIII. 

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Offences against the Person Act 1861

In 1828, the Act was repealed and replaced by the Offences against the Person Act 1828. This Act broadened the definition of unnatural sexual acts, and allowed for easier prosecution of rapists, but also homosexuals.

This Act is considered to be the inspiration behind Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. In years to come, this Act would be repealed by the British and replaced by the Offences against the Person Act 1861 and finally homosexuality was decriminalised by the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

Though same-sex marriage was partially legalized in Britain in the early 1970s, it had remained illegal in India up until September 6, 2018. 

Fact Check : What does the law say?

Sec 377

For the sake of understanding, we can say that Section 377 of Indian Penal Code is a law that makes sexual intercourse, or any non-procreative sexual act between a man and a woman illegal, punishable with up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine.

Just to be more precise, this is what the actual text from the IPC reads……….

              “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with 152[imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Though it doesn’t apply only to homosexuals, it is widely perceived as the anti-gay sex law. It only penalises carnal intercourse against the order of nature. This covers homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. Yet over the years this law has been used as tool to harass homosexuals and transsexuals. 

Prosecution and The 2009, The 2013 Judgements

Prosecution under Section 377 only when there is documentary proof of ‘sexual intercourse against the order of nature’. This involves medical examinations right after the act, and sufficient proof beyond doubt that intercourse occurred.

Around 2008-2009 massive support was pouring in for repealment of section 377. Amidst slew of protest and peaceful demonstrations, a historic judgement was delivered on 2 July 2009, by The Delhi High Court that overturned the 150-year-old section, legalising consensual homosexual activities between adults.

The court said that the section goes against the fundamental rights of citizens while striking it down.

In the year 2013, The honourable Supreme Court of India overturned Delhi high court verdict that had set aside a law framed in 1860 and decriminalized consensual sex among adult homosexual men.

At the same time, the apex court put the ball in the government’s court, arguing that it was free to annul the law through legislation. The verdict was pronounced by justice G.S. Singhvi

The 2018 Verdict

Five years after criminalizing section 377, Supreme Court has now reconsidered its previous judgement. 

This judgement was a result of series of events that lead to the culmination of strong opinions that eventually lead to the repealment of IPC Section 377.

Some of the crucial events are as follows:-

As an immediate response to the 2013 Judgement, Senior Supreme Court Advocates Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave had criticised court’s verdict declaring the IPC provision penalising gay as constitutional and said the two-judge bench seemed to have taken “an unwarranted view” which “requires a serious reconsideration” of the archaic law.

Rajeev Dhavan and Dushyant Dave

Dave said: “It’s quite refreshing to see a positive stand in the matter. The judgement of the apex court declaring 377 to be intra vires really requires serious reconsideration. This provision itself, on the face of it, is archaic and wholly unconstitutional. Nobody can support it under any circumstances.

“The judgement of the was, in fact, quite surprising, and I would say it was quite orthodox not in tune with the changing times,” he said.

Dhavan said the view taken by the judges in the 2013 verdict was clearly wrong.

“Unfortunately, the two-judge bench seems to have taken an unwarranted view on section 377 in the 2013 verdict criminalising gay sex. The view was clearly wrong. They should have sent it to a larger bench. Now let’s hope that a Constitution Bench hears it,” he said.

The privacy debate

A landmark judgment on the right to privacy by a nine-judge bench of Supreme Court in August 2017 criticised the 2013 SC judgement.

The landmark judgment by the bench which also had the then Chief Justice J S Khehar said the rights of the and sexual minorities are not “so-called” but are “real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine”.

It called the previous judgment in the Suresh Kumar Koushal vs Naz foundation case a “discordant note” which directly bears upon the evolution of the constitutional jurisprudence on the right to privacy.

“The rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be ‘so-called rights’. The expression ‘so-called’ seems to suggest the exercise of a liberty in the garb of a right which is illusory,” it said about the 2013 judgment.

“This is an inappropriate construction of the privacy based claims of the LGBT population. Their rights are not ‘so-called’ but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine. They inhere in the right to life. They dwell in privacy and dignity.

“They constitute the essence of liberty and freedom. Sexual orientation is an essential component of identity. Equal protection demands protection of the identity of every individual without discrimination,” said a portion of the 547-page judgment.

SC leans towards modernity

The five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra had reserved the verdict on July 17 on the conclusion of arguments.

SC Judges

The tone and tenor of the hearing of the matter on July 17 – the day the verdict was reserved – saw the court telling that it was duty bound to strike down a law that is in conflict with the fundamental rights and not to leave it to majoritarian government to address it.

“It is our duty to strike a law the moment we find a law in conflict with fundamental rights. We don’t leave it to the majoritarian government, which may or may or act” given the exigencies of its vote bank politics, the constitution bench had said.

“The moment we are convinced that a law is violative of the fundamental rights we will strike it down and not relegate it to legislature,” the court had said.

The hearing saw the Constitution bench disagreeing with some of the respondents telling it that decriminalizing the same sex relationship amongst the LGBT community would have a cascading effect on other statutes including the personnel laws and the spread of dreaded diseases like HIV and AIDS.

Unimpressed by the submission, Justice Nariman had said that there would be “no cascading effect” as all such references in other statutes will get deleted.

Justice Chandrachud rejecting the contention had said that the cause of the sexually transmitted diseases was not sexual intercourse but unprotected sex.

As we have already stated above that the following judgment is indeed historic and a step towards strengthening India’s stand on the guiding principles of its constitution. 

Though we also believe that this matter is of subjective-righteousness entirely, and thus, we would love to know your opinion on this topic.

Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.

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